Bombs on Monte Carlo (1931 film)

Bombs on Monte Carlo (German: Bomben auf Monte Carlo) is a 1931 German musical comedy film directed by Hanns Schwarz and starring Hans Albers, Anna Sten, and Heinz Rühmann.[1] The film is based on the novel Bomben auf Monte Carlo (1930) by Fritz Reck-Malleczewen. It premiered at the Ufa-Palast am Zoo in August 1931.

Bombs on Monte Carlo
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German film poster
GermanBomben auf Monte Carlo
Directed byHanns Schwarz
Written byJenö Heltai
Hans Müller
Franz Schulz
Based onBombs on Monte Carlo
by Fritz Reck-Malleczewen
Produced byErich Pommer
StarringHans Albers
Anna Sten
Heinz Rühmann
CinematographyKonstantin Irmen-Tschet
Günther Rittau
Edited byWilly Zeyn
Music byWerner R. Heymann
Distributed byUFA
Release date
  • 31 August 1931 (1931-08-31)
Running time
111 minutes

The film is known for featuring the German a capella band Comedian Harmonists, who perform the song Das ist die Liebe der Matrosen.[2][3][4]


Captain Craddock commands the Mediterranean cruiser Persimon, which sails under the flag of the Kingdom of Pontenero. Like his crew, he hasn't received any pay for a long time because the kingdom is bankrupt. Therefore, he refuses to take Queen Yola I on board for a Mediterranean cruise.

Instead, he goes to Monte Carlo to confront the Pontenero consul there. But Yola is already there incognito, who, for lack of money, sacrifices her pearl necklace, for which Craddock finally receives 100,000 francs.

Disguised as a half-world lady, Yola persuades the captain to try his luck at the casino, where Craddock loses all the money after initial winnings. He blames the manager of the casino and threatens his ship to shell him if he doesn't get the money back.

Undetected, Yola follows the angry captain onto his cruiser, who actually has the ship's artillery finished the next day. Panic breaks out in the city and people flee. Then Yola reveals herself as the queen on deck and forbids the shelling. She wants Craddock to be her Secretary of the Navy, and since he is recalcitrant, she has him summarily arrested by the first officer. But Craddock jumps overboard to catch a passing passenger ship. Yola does not give up and gives the order to follow with the cruiser. The outcome remains open, the film ends with sea shanties.


The film was produced by the production unit of Erich Pommer.[5] It was made at the Babelsberg Studios in Berlin and shot on location in Nice. The art director Erich Kettelhut designed the film sets. A separate English-language version Monte Carlo Madness and a French version Le capitaine Craddock were also made as part of UFA's strategy to export its films to other countries. In 1960 the film was remade as Bombs on Monte Carlo.



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  2. ^ Walther, Christian (9 October 2019). Ein Freund, ein guter Freund: Robert Gilbert – Lieddichter zwischen Schlager und Weltrevolution. Eine Biographie. ISBN 9783862844593.
  3. ^ "Das ist die Liebe der Matrosen" [This is the love of the sailors] (in German). Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  4. ^ Schulz, Daniela (31 March 2014). Wenn die Musik spielt ...: Der deutsche Schlagerfilm der 1950er bis 1970er Jahre. ISBN 9783839418826.
  5. ^ Hardt, Ursula (1996). From Caligari to California: Erich Pommer's Life in the International Film Wars. Berghahn Books. p. 240. ISBN 978-1-57181-930-7.

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